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Franklin Morales likely to begin season on disabled list

Mar 11, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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Boston is going to be short on left-handed relievers early on.

Craig Breslow has all but been ruled out for Opening Day because of a sore shoulder and now Franklin Morales figures to join him on the disabled list to start the season.

Morales has a back injury and manager John Farrell told Ian Browne of MLB.com that “he’s kind of plateaued a little bit” and “started to feel some tightness there again” after throwing recently.

Morales was one of the few bright spots for the Red Sox’s pitching staff last season, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen while throwing 77 innings with a 3.77 ERA and 76/30 K/BB ratio. He’s slated to be a full-time reliever this year.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    In a few days you will probably be able to add David Ortiz to that list starting the season on the DL for the Sox.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Lefty Brett Cecil is pitching poorly enough that the Jays might be happy to let the Red Sox claim him.

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Off topic but here’s a question for everyone. With the way the kid Bradley has been playing so far for the Sox what’s the odds that Ellsbury gets traded BEFORE the All Star Game?

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